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Ferdinand The Bull

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Ferdinand the Bull –  Munro Leaf, 1938 The story really is worth a summary.  I have always identified with it. Young Ferdinand does not enjoy butting heads with other young bulls, preferring instead to lie under a tree smelling the flowers. His mother worries that he might be lonely and tries to persuade him to play with the other calves, …

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The Little Red Hen

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The Little Red Hen, Paul Galdone 1938 In case you’ve forgotten the childhood story, find a kid and share this very quick little book.  It’s a good reminder of how generosity and kindness make everyone happier — and the pictures are a charming contrast to some of the cartoonish figures kids are so frequently exposed to.

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Shelter for the Spirit

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Shelter for the Spirit – Victoria Moran 1997 Ever wonder why you like your home and why you do the things you do to make your home a place of comfort and pleasure? No one has ever described why we enjoy creating our places and living in our homes better than Victoria Moran. Highly recommended.

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Small is Beautiful

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Small is Beautiful – E. F. Schumacher “Economics as if People Mattered” is a primer to see how we could understand economics better.  Want to start somewhere with inclusive meaning?   Start here and let your mind extrapolate into changing today’s paradigm of money and market only.  Always in the top ten.

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Night Train to Lisbon

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Somewhere in the midst of this gentle but powerful romance is the charismatic physician/poet Amadeu de Prado’s conviction that “no one should live in pain.”  In the midst of a revolution, his conviction provides multiple conflicts around his dedication to destroy the autocratic rule of António de Oliveira Salazar.  A beautifully crafted film, whose impact is lasting on its viewers.

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Julie and Julia

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A humorous, informative story about two great cooks.  I have always loved Julia Child, but Meryl Streep and the direction give huge life to this very tall, very exciting woman.  It also highlights the lifelong support of her husband, encourager and producer.  On my all time top ten.

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